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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Southern Accents Exhibit Part 2 of 2

Welcome back!  Here is part two of the Southern Accents Exhibit at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts in Melbourne, Florida, which ends this Saturday, August 22nd, 2015.  Once again, the following quilts are just some of what I thought was of interest and inspiring.
Sunshine State of Mind by Susan Rienzo of Vero Beach, FL
cotton fabric, batting, fabric dye crayon
Sunshine State of Mind (detail)
Jazz Rhythms by Cindy Grisdela of Reston, VA
cotton & batting

Jazz Rhythms (detail)
Anemone 2 by Maya Schonenberger of Miami, FL
fabrics, printed material, papers, paints, layered fabrics & papers

Anemone 2 (detail)

Butterfly Memories by Nancy Kay Smith of Belleview, FL
batik panels, cotton fabric, wool batting
Butterfly Memories (detail)
This next piece is a tribute to Ernest Hemingway.  It was so unusual and so well done, the pictures don't do it justice.  I was juggling two different cameras to capture the detail but the lighting wasn't the best for photography, so the camera didn't capture the three dimensional quality of the piece. 
A Note from Papa H by Jayne Bentley Gaskins of Fernandina Beach, FL
cotton broadcloth, thread, cotton batting, polyester stuffing
The hand and postcards were stuffed and came out of the background as if they were coming towards you.  Everything except the background image of the typewriter was free-motion embroidered or thread-painted down to the detail in the stamps, it was truly amazing. 
A Note from Papa H (detail)

A Note from Papa H (detail)
Dead Ladies Doilies by Sandra T. Donabed of Jupiter, FL
vintage and found lace tablecloths, dresser scarves, doilies, handkerchiefs, linens, repurposed crochet doilies and other lace items
Dead Ladies Doilies (detail)
This last piece was probably my favorite.  To actually see a work by Jane Burch Cochran up close and in person made my week!  She has been one of my favorite art quilters for over 20+ years but I had only seen her work in books up until now.  Her quilts remind me of old crazy quilts but are personal stories about her life.  I love her collection of found objects and they way she combines things, it appeals to the magpie in me!  Her work is such an inspiration for all of that "stuff" we hoard!  Sorry for so many photos, but I wanted you to appreciate all that is in this quilt.
And Then I Was the Only One Left by Jane Burch Cochran of Rabbit Hash, KY
fabric, upholstery samples, gloves, buttons, beads, cloth flowers, sequins, trims, words stamped with acrylic paint and ink, yo-yos

I hope that may have inspired you to travel to a gallery or museum in your area or even to expand your own quilt making in some new creative ways!  Happy Quilting! 


  1. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing them!

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